49 Wall Mounted Desks Built with Pipe
Wall mounted desks serve as a solution for a number of different design challenges. With a wall mounted desk, you can:
- Maximize tight budgets with a minimal design that only requires a few parts.
- Bring additional storage to small spaces by building vertically.
- Build workbenches with tough materials that minimize clutter.
Whatever the need, a wall mounted desk is a good way to go.
In this article, you’ll find over 50 of the best wall mounted desk ideas that you can build with Kee Klamp fittings and pipe. Kee Klamp fittings and pipe make ideal building materials thanks to their rugged construction and affordable price point. Plus, their modular capabilities means you can create almost any structure.
You can build many of these using affordable table tops from IKEA or even free materials like upcycled countertops and unfinished wood.
This will keep the cost of your project down while increasing style and uniqueness. One thing is for sure: no matter which design you choose, Kee Klamp fittings make assembly easy and fun. So take a look:
Perhaps the best wall mounted desk is one that is simple, easy, and sturdy. This desk went up in a flash using only four Kee Lite Swivel Flange fittings and two pieces of aluminum pipe cut to size. The butcher block top can also be a great match for kitchen counters, making this an ideal project for someone looking to maximize their space without compromising on looks.
If you like the aesthetics of Crate & Barrel decor but not the price tag, this desk idea is for you. All it takes to copy this design are two 90° Elbow fittings, four Extra Heavy Flange fittings, and four pieces of pipe cut to size.
Top it with a single piece of upcycled wood, reinforce with a few L-brackets, and your desk is complete. We even offer powder coating services to make this project one step easier.
A wall mounted desk built with Kee Lite fittings is a great way to save money without sacrificing durability or style. Zach from Georgia built this desk using four Swivel Flange fittings, two pieces of pipe, a pine desktop from IKEA, and aluminum trim to give it the appearance of being high end. All in all, his desk only set him back $150.
Common Question: How much weight can a floating desk hold?
Answer: Depending on the materials and design, floating desks can hold anywhere from 20 pounds to 300 pounds or more. Floating desks can range in the type of materials that are used and therefore will hold different amounts of weight in relation to its material. Another key aspect is the depth of the desk. The further from the wall the desk goes, the less weight it will be able to hold or the stronger the brackets will need to be.
Want an even more cost-effective solution? This desk by Brad from Oakland, CA was inspired by the design above.
He used the same Kee Lite Swivel Flange fittings and pipe, but switched out the IKEA desktop for wood laminate and didn’t bother with aluminum trim. Mounting the desk also saved space, as a traditional desk would’ve been awkward with the house’s step foundation.
Lou from Chico, CA also demonstrated how easy it is to build a desk using four Kee Lite Swivel Flanges and pipe. He doubted the stability of the desktop at first, but overall found the project “to be sturdy and stunning”.
Note how the fittings and desktop are mounted to the wall using a few lengths of wood. This increases the stability of your desk while protecting the wall itself.
This smaller variation on the desks above would be ideal as a breakfast nook for someone who’s running short on space. The desktop is flush with the corner and is supported with hidden braces and L brackets. The customer used two Kee Lite Swivel Flange fittings and a 3.5 foot piece of pipe for additional support, angling the fittings and pipe to attach to a stud in the wall.
The words “garage apartment” might not make you think of luxury, but this great design proves that any space can be chic. Kee Lite customer Bob used a GERTON table top from IKEA to build a desk that was beautiful and budget-friendly. Three Flange fittings, two 90° Elbow fittings, a Three Socket Tee fitting, and some pipe bring the entire cost of this project to around $200.
This wall mounted workstation is a great solution for any small business owner, whether it be a cafe or in this case, a fitness club.
Adam from The Woodlands, TX quickly assembled this using six Swivel Flange fittings, three pieces of pipe, and a desktop from IKEA. Turning this into a fully functional workstation was as easy as drilling some pass-through holes, adding a bit of trim, then plugging everything in.
This workstation by Matt uses every inch of available wall space, even near the ceiling’s unusual angles. He started his design with a simple hand drawing, then assembled it using Kee Klamp fittings. The modularity of the Kee Klamp system makes installation of large projects a breeze for even the most beginner of DIYers.
Chip from Omaha, NE decided to also go with the standard wall mounted desk design using four Swivel Flange fittings from the Kee Lite line. He chose a desktop that matched the wood flooring of his studio space, then increased the “wow” factor by attaching LED lights to the underside.
Common Question: How do you build a floating desk?
Answer: Whether you're building your own computer desk, making a small L desk, or a corner desk or table, steel piping can give you a leg up from a wooden frame. The first step is to get the measurements you need for where the desk is going; height, depth, length, and width. If you're making your own out of wood, you'll need some tools like a power saw, sander, power drill, and some painting/staining materials. However, the process can be made simple, be more durable, and hold more weight than wood frames by using a pipe frame. The first step is the same but the following just involves sending in your measurements and getting the pipes. All you'll need now is a hex key and a couple of hours to put it together (and a desktop to put on top). The pipe can be secured to studs in your wall and configured to support whatever you need to put on top.
This desk by Ryan from Wisconsin shows how easy it is to switch up the style with a bit of stain, sealant, and paint. The four Swivel Flange fittings can be painted black using our powder coating service. Pair this with black pipe to complete the look.
Most of the desks we’ve featured have used a support bracket for the desktop and the bottom two Swivel Flange fittings. Outlets may prevent the use of a board going all the way across the wall, in which case this project shows a creative alternative. The mix of silver fittings with black pipe also gives this desk an interesting stylistic element.
You can recreate this desk using four 90° Elbow fittings, two Swivel Flange fittings, and two Single Swivel Socket fittings. For the second shelf, simply connect two support pipes using two Single Socket Tee fittings. An upcycled desktop coated in contact paper is a thrifty way to finish off this piece.
This desk may look like an antique piece that’s been given new life, but it’s actually made using a few boards, some plywood, and stain. You could even repurpose old dresser drawers to save time. For the supports like the example above, take a look at the 11° to 30° Variable Angle Elbow fitting.
This amazing desk gives off a steampunk vibe and is much easier to assemble than you think. Each support only needs two Flange fittings and four 90° Elbow fittings for assembly. A hidden brace adds stability.
The desktop is as easy as staining a few boards from a repurposed pallet. If you want to change the color of the fittings and pipe, don’t forget that we offer powder coating service.
11° to 30° Variable Angle Elbow fittings come in handy again with this design, which features cherry red wood against black accents. Want the same look without the hassle of painting metal? We offer powder coating service to simplify your project.
This longer desk in a community space is quickly assembled with three supports, each using two Flange fittings, a 90° Elbow fitting, and some pipe. To make the desktop look even more stylish, consider adding a matching board as trim, which doubles as a bracket to mount it to the wall.
These floating shelves revisit the steampunk style, which can be easily achieved with our industrial looking Kee Klamp line. The final parts list is simple: four Flange fittings, four Single Socket Tee fittings, a few lengths of pipe, and two galvanized caps bring it all together.
This floating shelf design could be easily converted into a desk by using bigger boards and longer horizontal pipes. However, don’t forget to add braces and brackets against the wall to help support larger pieces. For added support to the top shelf, you might consider using a bored out Flange fitting underneath.
Use a spade bit to drill a hole through the board so that one of your pipes can pass through, then top with a Collar Fitting and Malleable Plug. If you want to turn this project into a desk but aren’t sure how, don’t hesitate to reach out to our design team for free assistance.
If you want the space saving quality of a wall mounted desk but you don’t like the look of supports with Swivel Flange fittings, consider using Flange fittings and 90° Elbow fittings instead. They provide the same strength and compact design as the Swivel Flange fittings, but with a bit more of a classic style.
If you have a gorgeous piece of wood to use for the desktop, consider downplaying the supports. Two Flange fittings, a 90° Elbow fittings, and two pieces of pipe cut to size keep this support almost completely tucked out of sight. The black finish perfectly accent the stain, allowing the natural beauty of the wood to shine.
This copper shelving and desk unit with dark walnut pine could set you back nearly $1,500, or you could make it yourself. In addition to pipe and wood you’ll need eight Flange fittings, six 90° Elbow fittings, and four Single Socket Tee fittings.
Unsure about the dimensions or how to assemble it yourself? Our experience team provides free design assistance.
This unique desk is a fun addition for a beach house or sailing aficionado, but is $400 from the store. Get the look for less by making it yourself.
Each wall support for the rope only requires two Flange fittings, two 90° Elbow fittings, and a few short lengths of pipe to connect them. A hidden brace and brackets where the desktop meets the wall adds stability.
To get the same look as this breakfast bar, start with a roughly cut piece of wood, then sand and stain. The base itself only requires six Flange fittings and four Single Socket Tee fittings, which can be ordered with our powder coating service. Pair with black pipe and, once assembled, rub with sandpaper to achieve a weathered texture.
Common Question: How do you support a floating desk?
Answer: If you're making a floating desk or a standard standing desk, you have some options for the supports. Standard wood is great for getting any look you could want. However, a metal pipe frame will give you a more industrial look or can be easily hidden. It's more durable, lasts longer, and can be repurposed down the line if you ever want to remove your desk. Plus, using a modular pipe design, you can easily add, take away, or adjust your floating desk as much as you want.
Using the 11° to 30° Variable Angle Elbow fittings is great for anyone who doesn’t want the look of the Swivel Flange fittings but does want a similar range of angles. The screw set design of Kee Klamp fittings makes adjusting angles as easy as twisting an Allen wrench.
Here’s another set up that uses the GERTON top from IKEA, with the added bonus that it’s an adjustable standing desk. The total cost of the project is about $180, which can make a big difference when you consider that store-bought adjustable desks can run near $1,000.
This double desk design would be a space-saving, stylish solution for a shared room or start-up office. Even beginner DIYers shouldn’t be daunted by this desk’s more complicated assembly. Not only does our design team offer free assistance, the set screw feature of Kee Klamp fittings means any mistakes can be quickly corrected.
Have a large monitor or other specialized equipment for your office set up? Kee Klamp fittings are rugged enough to bear the weight of any computer, and their modularity makes it easy to upgrade or downsize as needed.
Common Question: What do you use to make a desk?
Answer: Desks can be made out of a wide range of materials such as wood, metal, concrete, and more. You can also use multiple materials in a single desk such as using metal pipe for a frame with wood as the top. As for tools, you'll often use things like a screwdriver, measuring tape, and saw. Depending on how DIY you are, you might need power tools, paint or stain, and a workshop.
The designer of this project recessed the base of the computer below the main desk, keeping the bottom of the monitor in line with the keyboard. Flange fittings on the legs provide solid support without the need to screw anything into the wood floor, although you always have the option to do so.
For those who like the industrial design of pipe desks but want a more elegant style, consider using smaller size pipes and fittings. To maintain stability of the piece, you’ll want to make sure you have enough wall mounts. When in doubt, please reach out to our design team before placing an order.
This desk makes use of the Single Socket Tee fittings and 90° Elbow fittings to support the floating shelves. To achieve the same illusion with fewer parts, you could opt to use bored out Flange fittings. However, bear in mind that these fittings only come in size six (1” diameter).
This farmhouse style desk most likely uses size seven (1.25” diameter) pipes and fittings or higher. Opting to go with higher fitting sizes is an easy way to achieve a more rugged appearance, which in this case accents the thicker shelves and desktop.
This mounted desk makes excellent use of vertical space and is a good choice for someone with a lot of memorabilia to show off. Single Socket Tee fittings and 90° Elbow fittings support the floating shelves.
Accommodating taller items is as easy as loosening the fitting with an Allen wrench and adjusting the shelf to the desired height.
This customer chose not to attach the bottom Swivel Flange fittings to the wall with an additional brace. Whether or not you chose to do the same, remember to check the wall for studs before drilling. The range of the Swivel Flange fittings makes it easy to angle the supports to wherever the stud may be.
This interesting combination of rustic wood and pipe serves a dual purpose: the boards extending down actually help brace the desk against the wall. For the curved fittings on the pipe, use 11° to 30° Variable Angle Elbow fittings, then adjust to the desired angle using an Allen wrench.
For those who like a more minimalist approach, you can easily replicate this desk using Kee Klamp fittings. If you like the slimmer profile, consider using smaller pipes and fittings with less than one inch diameter, such as size five or four.
Here’s another example of a wall-sized desk and shelving unit that uses smaller diameter pipes and fittings. Solidly anchoring the unit to the floor and wall with Flange fittings ensures stable construction, no matter the size of materials you use.
Hanging picture frames is a great way to break up large spaces, but can leave dozens of small holes in the wall. Going with a large mounted desk and shelving unit gives you the opportunity to incorporate new art or move things around whenever the urge strikes you — without the need to plaster over old holes.
Make a statement by pairing unfinished wood with black pipes and fittings. While the shelves appear to only rest on the pipes, they’re actually stabilized using Fixing Pad fittings. These fittings are small enough to almost go unnoticed but strong enough to bear up to 2,000 lbs of axial weight.
For AirBnB or short term rental owners, building a small desk is an easy and inexpensive upgrade. Plus, it adds a unique and usable feature to the room that guests are sure to remember. For this project, you’ll only need four Flange fittings, two 90° Elbow fittings, and four pieces of pipe cut to size.
A wall mounted pipe desk is a great idea for a teenager’s bedroom. When they’re ready to go to college, the Kee Klamp fittings easily disassemble and reassemble. It’s tough enough to withstand most wear and tear, but inexpensive enough that you won’t mind a few nicks.
By using file cabinets as supports, this mounted desk spans the entire wall but only requires four Swivel Flange fittings and two pieces of pipe. This also cuts back on the number of holes to drill into the wall, making this a good project for renters or beginning DIYers.
Mounted desks also make safe and attractive additions to kids rooms. This minimalist design comes together using only two 90° Elbow fittings, eight Flange fittings, and six bored out Flange fittings. Bored out Flange fittings make great supports for floating shelves while allowing the pipe to pass unobstructed through the fitting and board
Artists or art lovers might be drawn toward this design, which creates more space between each shelf to accommodate large canvases. Longer shelves seem to float effortlessly on the thinner diameter pipes, when in fact they’re supported by Single Socket Tee fittings and 90° Elbow fittings.
This wall mounted desk wouldn’t look out of place in a cozy cafe, and small business owners can trust that Kee Klamp fittings are tough enough to stand up to the general wear and tear of customers. To make this piece even more functional, consider drilling a hole near the back so chargers can pass through to the outlet.
Like a few of the designs above, this desk makes sure that every part of the wall is turned into usable space. The bottom drawers could be sourced from a curbside find such as an old dresser. To bring it all together, create handles that match the rest of the desk with a few Flange fittings and 90° Elbow fittings.
This desk only requires two mounts near the top to achieve total stability. The base of the legs rest securely on the carpet with Flange fittings, while the shelves are balanced on supports created with Single Socket Tee fittings and a 90° Elbow fittings.
Matt from Boston, MA needed a desk for his recording studio that had a sleek style but took up as little floor space as possible. He achieved both using only four Swivel Flange fittings, four Flange fittings, and four pieces of pipe cut to size. The desktop itself came from a nearby office that was getting rid of furniture, giving this the unexpected bonus of being a budget-saver.